Biden hits Dem Party, Hillary Clinton for ignoring working-class voters
VP Joe Biden offered a blunt diagnosis for why his party was unable to win over voters who gravitated to Donald Trump in the end: “We didn’t talk to them.”Thought Trump just might win the election
In his strongest comments yet on why Hillary Clinton lost the election, the outgoing VP who prides himself on his blue-collar roots in Scranton, Pa., said his party failed to connect with working-class, largely white, voters. Speaking in an interview with the LA Times, Biden warned that “a bit of elitism” has “crept in” to party thinking and urged a change.
“I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems,” he reportedly said.
The interview amounted to one of the toughest post-mortem looks yet from a party elder on why Dems lost. While other top party strategists have sought to tout Clinton’s nearly 3 million popular-vote lead, Biden sought to explain why Trump was able to win the states that helped deliver an Electoral College victory and, with it, the presidency.
He recalled watching a Trump rally in Pennsylvania near where he grew up and thinking, “Son of a gun. We may lose this election.”Says Clinton never figured out why she was running
Biden told the L.A. Times, “They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them.”
In the interview, he critiqued Democratic nominee Clinton, saying he didn’t “think she ever really figured” out why she was running, while acknowledging she likely felt she “had no choice.” But his broader criticism was directed at the party, its message and its insufficient outreach to the kinds of voters Trump was attracting.Quote of the day...
Biden: “We constantly made a mistake of not speaking to the fears, aspirations, concerns of middle class people … you didn’t hear a word about that husband and wife working, making 100,000 bucks a year, two kids, struggling and scared to death. They used to be our constituency.”